Posted by smiffy on November 21st, 2008
Another early upload online for the puzzle (thanks Messrs Editor/Webmaster) allows me the opportunity to blog promptly again this week. Nothing particularly byzantine here – other than my lack of familiarity with Mel Torme – and the theme is readily apparent, with only the Northern Territory and Tasmania missing a name-check.
1 B,RIS(BAN)E – Prohibition in Australia? That’ll be the day……
5 ASTH,MA – (hat’s)*.
13 ULTRA – hidden
14 PA(EL)LA – “Parisienne” to denote the female version of the definite article is a neat flourish.
15 S(TORME)D – Mel Torme (bestowed with the nickname The Velvet Fog!?) was a jazz singer of some renown. He had never previously permeated my sphere of consciousness.
20 NEEDLE – double def’n
24 LOVES,TORY – A movie that is anything but “blue”, so this is a kind of anti-&lit!
25 HARD TIM(E)S – [house]E in (mist)*. Perhaps there was an opportunity to layer in a Tiny Tim reference here too?
26 A,PR,ON – as in those peripheral parts of airport runways, where my flights always seem to loiter while waiting for a take-off slot.
28 ADULTERY – (true lady)*
1 BRAISE – homophone of brays
2 I,N(THEM)AIN – “Scottish town – right away” = Nairn -r. Anyone else remember The Hairy Nairn of Nairn?
3 BORDER LEICESTER – ref Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
4 NICOSIA – (casino I)*
6 SET OUT ONES STALL – double def’n, literally and figuratively.
7 H,A,BIT – a concise &lit
9 ANANAS – Ananias -i
17 S(COT,C)HES – Steady on! Sounds like this could lead to 28A….
20 NO(VISA)D – Homer’s being the proverbial “nod” in this context.
21 SY,DNEY – S[-ex]Y + D[-is]NEY